“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (Emphasis mine)
Over the past few months God has been doing an unprecedented work in the youth of our city and has been blessing our youth ministry with increase. Jesus told us is in Luke 10:2 that “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” We are learning the reality of this verse !
With an increase of young people giving their lives to Jesus, comes an increase in the work involved. With an increase of the work involved, comes the increased need to learn rest in order to be effective.
Jesus gave us this example through the example of His life. He gave his life to disciple, reach and love others. This was labouring. But we notice the amount of times Jesus was tired and needed to get away with the Father. If Jesus himself often experienced tiredness while changing the world, then we should expect no less. He is the perfect example of ministry.
Over the past 7 years of youth pastoring I’ve often found myself leading on empty. There have been many times i’ve had a meeting i’ve had to minister at and wanted to stay home because I felt I had nothing to give. The thing that always surprised me about this was that when I would minister out of this place of emptiness, so often God would move even more powerfully than the times I felt full! His power was made perfect in my weakness!
We often think that when we get weak or tired something is wrong. I’ve learnt that it actually shows were doing something right!
- God created rest for a reason. If you never got tired you would never need rest. He even rested 1 day out of the 7 when he created the universe!
- The place we receive His strength is in weakness: How can God renew us with his strength if we didn’t need strength in the first place? We need his strength when we’re weak. Paul even boasted when he was weak because he understood that that’s when God could actually use him. God thought this was so good he included it in the bible.
- Labouring makes us tired but that’s not a bad thing. If you ever had a job where you’re doing physical labour for the day, you know the feeling of going home and getting rest. It’s tiring work! Jesus tells us plainly that we are labourers. We labour in the ripe field of people’s lives and co-labour with Christ. This isn’t a metaphor – He was telling us that it is going to be hard, but fruitful work!
I’ve now learnt that if we are not getting to a place in our labouring where we need His strength, then were probably not harvesting to the extent we need to!
Don’t run from tiredness or weakness, but rather, see it as a sign of blessing in that God wants to fill you will His strength! That’s when his power if made perfect!
The scripture comes to mind in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
This is one of those scriptures we read and say “yes God” but when you’re in the middle of it, its uncomfortable and we want to pull back.
I actually believe that part of our effectiveness in God is at times to feel tired and weak.
Why? How else can God renew your strength if we don’t first get to a place where our strength needs renewing!
So how to we gain his strength for our weakness?
1) Make sure you make time to delight in God. When we get busy, sometimes the first things to go is our quiet time. However everything we do is a reflection of our relationship with Him. This must be guarded. Wait on God. This is where true strength for weakness is exchanged.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31
We must always remember that the power of our relationship is measured by our delight in Him.
2) Keep the sabbath day Holy. This was so important to God that he included in into the 10 commandments. He himself took a day off to rest! For me my sabbath is saturday. I guard this day jealously. This is my day with God and rest in Him. I understand there is a supernatural exchange in my weakness for his strength on this day. Do something you love on this day – whatever rejuvenates you and do it all in the spirit of resting in God.
If God needed to rest one day, then so do you. Your not better than God!
3) Remember that the Joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Be someone and do things that bring Joy to God’s heart. This will be your strength
3) Get around people who will speak life into you and who can see bigger than your mindset. It’s important to have people who encourage you, challenge you and who help you become a bigger you and gain God’s perspective. These people are rare to find, so if you find one and have access to one, guard that relationship!
4) Get organized. I find that so often people get so stressed because they have a lot on their plate but lack the organization to make it all work effectively. Streamline what you do. Organise your time-management. Think ahead. If you want to be a big capacitied person then this discipline needs to be worked at. Get someone to help you in this if needed. Pulling out of things because of a lack of organization or because we don’t want to be stretched is a lose lose for everyone.
Remember, You will have seasons where you feel full of passion, and times where you feel empty. Realize that God is in both seasons. Just don’t give up! Blessing is on both season!
Remember Jesus told us that he will never leave us or forsake us and that His grace IS sufficient for what’s in your hand and for the field before you! That’s good news!
Hope this helps and encourages you!